Gwent Police is appealing for information following a distraction burglary at a house on Plas Derwen View in Abergavenny, which took place between 3-4pm on Tuesday 29th July.
It was reported that two men in a red pick up truck called at the address and offered to do some gardening work for the resident. After completing the work the resident paid the agreed cost. While the resident was distracted with making the payment, further access was gained to the property and more money stolen.
Anyone with information relating to this incident, or anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is asked to call 101 quoting log 202 31/07/14.
Here are some top tips for keeping rogue traders at bay:
- Install an intercom, door chain or spy hole for extra security
- Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep
- Always get written quotes from at least two traders for any work
- You have 7 days to cancel any purchase over £35 that you make in your home. If someone won’t give you written notice telling you how and to whom you must give your cancellation – they commit a criminal offence.
- Always agree the price, payment arrangements and start/finish dates in writing before any work starts on your home.
- Don’t pay in full until you’re completely satisfied with the work
- Keep your home and belongings safe during works
- If you think you’ve been cheated, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 08454 040506